“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell
As Christmas approaches, there are some things I’m starting to miss about home like fireplaces with homemade cookies and my grandma’s laughter on an early Christmas morning. Its an almost conflicting feeling because I don’t want my time here in Lithuania to end too – there are so many things I’m going to miss so if possible, could I trade my final exams in for last minute coffee dates with friends and another walk to the Baltic Sea? 🙏🙏🙏
Its December 15th today and I don’t know where the beginning of the month went but here are some of the things I’ll remember the most about winter in Klaipeda 💖
The first snowfall of the season ❄️
There’s something about the first snowfall of winter that gets to me each time – waking up in the morning and looking out the window and seeing nothing but white against a blue sky, coated rooftops, and the faded footprints of wild animals left behind in the snow.
The Christmas decorations in Klaipeda’s old town 🎄
In the first weekend of December, Klaipeda set up a gigantic christmas tree (or as some of us call it, the “fish tree”) in the middle of town along with little concession stands selling fresh apple juice and iced gingerbread cookies. At night, old town comes to life with its christmas lights and decorations – golden ornament shaped bushes flickering along with the city lights.
Christmas “Fashion” 👒
Wacky oversized sweaters and Christmas tree hats – yup, we are feeling pretty festive this winter season 😎 If you are looking for the perfect way to procrastinate studying for final exams, here it is – trying on eccentric hats and glasses at the Flying Tiger in Akropolis.
Friends (+ Food) 🍕
So thankful for these girls, our conversations, and the warm food on a cold night.
Winter walks in the woods
Just a little past the apartments and Studlendas, there is a forest with a great walking / running / biking path that stays peaceful from summer to winter. I’ve heard that one of the paths can take you to the sea and I hope to run there before the semester comes to a conclusion.